Romans 8:18-27

Whenever I start reading in Romans, I feel the need to go back and read the last few verses of the previous passage. My present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory to be revealed in me. In the verses before, Paul calls it a share in Christ’s glory, and as I read, I wonder if it’s a glory that will be revealed on this side of heaven or the other. I’m inclined to think it’s something not to be revealed in this life, or perhaps only partially revealed. Maybe that’s where the phrase, passing from glory to glory, comes from.

I also wonder, who subjected creation to frustration? God? Humans? Do these verses mean that all creation will one day be in heaven? (So, is it true . . . All dogs DO go to heaven?)

And as I muse, I realize, I thought my salvation brought about my adoption, but if Paul is still waiting for that adoption as he writes, and if this adoption is the same as the redemption of my BODY, then when will my body be redeemed? Is it already redeemed? Paul makes me think that this glory, this adoption and redemption will come later.

There’s still another question . . . in verse 26, “In the same way” as what? Just as we groan inwardly because of the frustration, so the Spirit groans for us? I’m not sure; however, I do know that when I pray and have no words, the Spirit knows my inner thoughts, my deepest heartfelt longings and prays for me!

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